America's Wealthy Under Siege - Mort Zuckerman

  • Aired:  02/05/14
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Venture capitalist Tom Perkins employs a Nazi analogy to describe animosity towards the wealthiest one percent, and Mort Zuckerman weighs in on the source of wealth disparity. (7:19)

(LAUGHTER)IN OTHER NEWS, FOLKS, IT'S

NO SECRET THAT AMERICA'SWEALTHY ARE UNDER

SIEGE. IT'S LIKE THEFRENCH REVOLUTION THESE

DAYS.

BUT OUR POOR PEOPLE ARE TOOLAZY TO PUT ON UPLIFTING

MUSICALS.

BUT THEY'VE GOT PLENTY OFENERGY TO DEMONIZE MY FRIEND

VENTURE CAPITALIST TOMPERKINS.

HE IS SUDDENLY PUBLIC ENEMYNUMBER ONE JUST BECAUSE HE

HAD THE COURAGE TO SPEAKTRUTH TO POVERTY.

>> THERE IS OUTRAGE TODAYOVER COMMENTS MADE BY

VENTURE CAPITALIST TOMPERKINS IN A LETTER TO THE

EDITOR OF "THE WALL STREETJOURNAL" HE WROTE QUOTING

NOW WRITING FROM THE EPICENTER OF PROGRESSIVE

THOUGHT, SAN FRANCISCO, IWOULD CALL ATTENTION TO THE

PARALLELS OF FASCIST NAZIGERMANY TO ITS WAR ON ITS 1%,

NAMELY ITS JEWS TO THEPROGRESSIVE WAR ON THE

AMERICAN 1% NAMELY THE RICH.

>> Stephen: WELL SAID,TOMING WELL SAID.

THERE IS NO BETTER WAY TOFIGHT BIGOTRY THAN EQUATING JEWS

TO A WEALTHY CABAL.

NOW SOME SAYMR. PERKINS HERE IS OUT OF

TOUCH.

BUT I THINK HE IS SPOT ONWITH HIS NAZI ANALOGY.

BECAUSE YOU KNOW WHO ELSECALLED THEIR ENEMIES NAZIS,

THE JEWS.

IT LOOKS LIKE AN ANTI-SEMITENOW?

IT'SSTILL ME? OK

GOT TO WORK ON THAT.

GOT TO WORK ON THAT.

ALL RIGHT.

>> WELL, DESPITE NEARUNIVERSAL CONDEMNATION TOM

PERKINS SOMEHOW FOUND THECOURAGE TO GO ON A NETWORK

OWNED BY A BILLIONAIRE TOMAKE HIS CASE TO THE

NONBILLIONAIRES.

>> YOU ARE AMULTIMILLIONAIRE.

>> NO, I'M NOT A BILLIONAIRE>> I SAID MULTIMILLIONAIRE.

>> I CREATED SOMEBILLIONAIRES BUT I

UNFORTUNATELY AM NOTONE.

I CAN BUY A SIXPACK-OF-ROLEXES, BUT SO

WHAT.

>> SO WHAT, HE'S JUST AREGULAR NONBILLIONAIRE JOE

SIX PACK OF ROLEXES.

BUT SOMEHOW THIS APPEARANCEFAILED TO WIN OVER THE 99%

THANKS TO PRESIDENT OBAMALIBAND THE PROGRESSIVECRAT

DEMAGOGUING ABOUT INCOMEINEQUALITY, THE POPE ATTACKING

THE SO-CALLED IDOLATRY OFMONEY AND HOLLYWOOD

VILIFYING THETHE WEALTHIEST 1% OF

DRAGONS.

I MEAN COME ON, COME ON, THEdesLATION OF SMAUG?

HOW ABOUT THE APPRECIATIONOF SMAUG.

DON'T GET MAD AT HIM JUSTBECAUSE HE WAS SMART ENOUGH

TO PUT EVERYTHING IN GOLD.

I MEAN NO WONDER WE WEALTHYFEEL OUR ENEMIES CLOSING IN.

AS ONE ANONYMOUS 1%ER TOLD"POLITICO" THE RICH FEAR

THEY'RE IN DEEP, DEEPTROUBLE.

YOU HAVE A BUNCH OF PEOPLEWHO SEE CONSPIRACIES

EVERYWHERE.

YES, BECAUSE CONSPIRACIESARE EVERYWHERE.

TELL ME THIS, IF THERE IS NOPLOT AGAINST THE RICH PEOPLE,

HOW COME SOMEONE IS KEEPINGA LIST OF THE RICHEST

PEOPLE?

(LAUGHTER)OKAY?

THINK ABOUT IT.

OH, OH, AND THE RICH WON'TBE SAFE AT HOME.

I MEAN THERE ARE MILLIONS OFPOOR PEOPLE OUT THERE.

JUST LOOK AT THE SECURITYCAMERA FOOTAGE OUTSIDE MY

GATED COMMUNITY.

DON'T, DON'T, DON'T LET ONEOF THEM BITE YOU.

THAT'S HOW YOU BECOME POORTOO.

DO WHAT I DO, TO HOLD THEMAT BAY I ALWAYS CARRY A

PHOTO OF ME AND BONO.

SO WHEN THE POORS COME FOR MEI CAN PROVE I KNOW A GUY

WHO DOES AFRICA STUFF.

THE POINT IS, THIS IS CLASSWARFARE PLAIN AND SIMPLE,

AND THAT SHOULD NOT HAPPENIN AMERICA BECAUSE WE ARE A

COUNTRY WITHOUT CLASSDISTINCTION.

HERE TO AGREE WITH ME ISREAL ESTATE DEVELOPER, OWNER

OF THE "NEW YORK DAILY NEWS",AND FELLOW AMERICAN, MORT

ZUCKERMAN, THANKS SO MUCHFOR COMING OUT.

GOOD TO SEE YOU AGAIN.

MORT --(APPLAUSE)

>> Stephen: NOW MORT, IHAVEN'T SEEN YOU AT THE

CLUB LATELY TO TALK ABOUTTHIS.

BUT YOU DO ALL RIGHT.

DO YOU BELIEVE OUR FELLOWWEALTHY ARE TRULY WORRIED

ABOUT ALL THIS DEMAGOGUERY

>> I THINK SOME OF THEM ARE.

I ACTUALLY THINK THE ISSUEIS NOT REALLY THE WEALTHY,

THE ISSUE IS THE FACT THATWE HAVE A HUGE NUMBER OF

PEOPLE WHO ARE UNEMPLOYED ORUNDEREMPLOYED, IT'S NOT A

QUESTION OF JUST INEQUALITY,A QUESTION OF NO JOBS.

>> Stephen: SO EVEN THEPEOPLE WITHOUT DO THINGS

LIKE CALLING FOR A HIGHERMINIMUM WAGE ARE CALLING FOR

HIGHER TAXES ON THE WEALTHY,A REDIRECTION OF WEALTH,

THOSE PEOPLE ARE TRYING TOWHIP UP POOR PEOPLE WHO

DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO ANDTHEY'RE CHOOSING GUYS LIKE

YOU AND ME AS EASY TARGETS?

>> WELL, I MEAN, I CERTAINLYTHINK YOU ARE AN EASY

TARGET.

>> Stephen: WELL, I DON'THAVE YOUR SECURITY TEAM.

>> INTO, I THINK LOOK, IHAPPEN TO BELIEVE IN

PROGRESSIVE TAXATION.

I DON'T HAVE DIFFICULTY WITHTHAT.

I HOPE TO BELIEVE IN A FAIRWAGE BUT I DO THINK WHEN YOU

HAVE AS WE DO HAVE TODAY 40MILLION PEOPLE IN THIS

COUNTRY WHO ARE EITHERPART-TIME WORKERS OR HAVE NO

JOBS AND HAVE GIVEN UPLOOKING FOR WORK, WE HAVEN'T

SEEN THAT IN NOT SINCE THE1930s.

THAT IS THE REAL PROBLEM INTHIS COUNTRY.

>> Stephen: YOU WROTE THATANONYMOUS QUOTE, THAT SOME

RICH PEOPLE ARE GETTINGWORRIED THAT THEY'RE BEING

MADE SCAPE GOATS, DO YOUFEEL THAT IT'S FAIR.

BECAUSE I DON'T THINK IT'SFAIR FOR US TO BE TARGETED

JUST BECAUSE WE'VE DONEWELL.

>> LISTEN,.

>> Stephen: I DON'T FINDTHAT FUNNY.

(LAUGHTER)>> LET ME PUT IT THIS WAY.

THERE HAS ALWAYS BEEN ACERTAIN SORT OF-- AS THE

FRENCH WOULD SAY OF THE-- .

>> Stephen: I'M NOT SURE IFWE CAN SAY THAT ON

TELEVISION.

>> WHAT IS THAT.

>> THERE HAS ALWAYS BEEN ACERTAIN HOSTILITY IN THIS

COUNTRY TO THE WEALTHY.

IT HAS BEEN WITH US FOR A100 YEARS AND IT'S

UNDERSTANDABLE.

BUT IT'S ALWAYS BEEN A PARTOF THIS COUNTRY THAT IF YOU

HAVE ENERGY AND TALENT YOUCAN MOVE UP THE INCOME LADDER

OR WEALTH LADDER UP TO YOUROWN ABILITIES AND THAT'S

BEEN A PART OF MAKES THISCOUNTRY GREAT.

>> Stephen: YOU USED TOSUPPORT OBAMA ARE YOU STILL

ON BOARD.

>> NO, I STOPPED BEING ASUPPORTER OF HIS BECAUSE I

THOUGHT HIS POLICIES DID NOTDO EXACTLY WHAT I WAS

TALKING ABOUT TO CREATEENOUGH JOBS AND STIMULATE

THE ECONOMY.

I THOUGHT HE HAD A VERY WEAKRECOVERY PROGRAM FROM WHAT

WAS A RECESSION THAT WE WEREIN.

AND THAT, WHEN I SAW THAT,AND I WAS UP CLOSE TO HIM,

THAT HE WAS MORE FOCUSED ONTHE POLITICS OF ISSUE THAN

ON THE SUBSTANCE OF THEISSUE, I THOUGHT THIS GUY IS

NOT SERIOUS ABOUT WHAT ITHINK IS THE MOST SERIOUS

PROBLEM IN THE COUNTRY.

WHICH IS A LACK OF JOBS FORENOUGH PEOPLE.

>> Stephen: WHAT DO YOUTHINK OF MY FRIEND TOM

PERKINS ANALOGY THAT RICHPEOPLE ARE IN DANGER OF

BEING TREATED LIKE THE JEWSIN NAZI GERMANY, DO YOU

THINK THAT IS A FAIRCOMPARISON.

>> I THINK IT AN OUTRAGEOUSCOMPARESON.

>> Stephen: I AGREE WITH YOUBECAUSE THE PEASANTS RISING

UP AGAINST THE URBAN ELITEIS REALLY MORE LIKE THE

KHMER ROUGE, ISN'T IT?

>> WHAT I'M WORRIED ABOUT ISVILLIFYING OF THE RICH.

THE POPE UPSETS ME, YOUKNOW, THAT HE SAID, YOU KNOW

THERE IS THE IDOLATRY OFMONEY.

AND IS HE UPSETTING YOUENOUGH TO LEAVE THE CATHOLIC

CHURCH?

ARE YOU THINKING OF LEAVING.

>> SUCH A GOOD QUESTION BUTI WOULD LIKE TO TALK TO MY

RABBI BEFORE I GET BACK TOYOU ON THAT.

>> Stephen: PLEASE.

(APPLAUSE)THANK YOU, MORT, MORT

ZUCKERMAN, EVERYBODY.

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